Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

Poignancy escapes me once more. I wish I could say something inspirational on this the most sobering of days. But the fog of confusion is still with me. There is so much that I simply cannot understand.

I cannot understand how after 9 years, America has not rebuilt the World Trade Center. Yeah, 2013. WTF?

And I cannot begin to understand the elitists within our beloved country who hate every fiber of our culture. In World War II the upper crust were as patriotic as any other socio-economic group. Perhaps they were more patriotic. The Kennedys gave their eldest son to their country and the war almost claimed John Kennedy as well. The elder George Bush was a war hero. The CIA back in the days when they were ruthless and effective, were dominated by Yalies. The list of patriotic bluebloods is too long to list here.

There were always elites and elitists in America. That's life. But we did not worry too much or too often about whose side they were on. We did not have need to concern ourselves with academics and power brokers playing footsie with terrorists. If there was a predecessor to Mayor Bloomberg in the flip-off-the-citizens-as-I-smooch-with-terrorists department, I slept through that chapter. Maybe I just don't know American History.

And I don't understand how Eric Holder cannot acknowledge the obvious about Islamic extremism. Nor can I understand the need of bright people in the administration to strike words from the lexicon. Words like terror and terrorist and jihad. As I see it, Eric Holder should be kissing the ground he stands on every day of his life. The people of this country have been good to him and he greets them with the air of an Oxford don who has been deployed to teach remedial English to delinquent ninth graders until that messy scandal blows over.

And I cannot condense my confusion as to how Barack and Michelle can balance those chips on their shoulders after all their wealth and comfort. Do they ever wake up in Spain or the Vineyard or even the White House and say "These Americans aren't such bad people after all." ??? I don't think so. The president literally and figuratively looks down his nose at us. But his speech and body language are much different when he is apologizing for America's very existence or when he is (I have a hard time admitting this) bowing to the Saudi King. Where are your loyalties, Mr. President? Certainly not with those of us who oppose a victory mosque at Ground Zero.

And color me confused as to how NASA became a Muslim outreach group. Maybe you shouldn't explain. I don't think I would understand. Yesterday's liberals might have held some wacky ideas but they were usually pro-American. I wonder what the late Patrick Moynihan would say about the new speech regulations or the in your face mosque. I wonder what the first Mayor Daley would say. Oh, and as an aside, the original Mayor Daley would probably not provide shelter and comfort to William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

I thought the elite's sympathies for jihadists were just anti-Bush sentiments. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. But Bush is long gone and the passionate embrace grows tighter. What we thought was puppy love has become a mature romance. We see it but we can't fully believe it.

Confusion. That is what September 11 brings. The dense fog of confusion. Where did it all go wrong?

The 50th Anniversery of the Sharon Statement

Note: The following is lifted verbatim from Wikipedia. Maybe instead of a Contract With America we should re-examine the manifesto launched from William F. Buckley's Sharon, CT estate 50 years ago.

The Sharon Statement is the founding statement of principles of the Young Americans for Freedom.

Written by M. Stanton Evans with the assistance of Annette Kirk, wife of Russell Kirk,[1] and adopted on September 11, 1960, the statement is named for the location of the inaugural meeting of Young Americans for Freedom, held at William F. Buckley, Jr.'s estate in Sharon, Connecticut. The statement reads:

“ WE, as young conservatives believe:
"THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual's use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

"THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

"THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

"THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

"THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

"THAT the genius of the Constitution - the division of powers - is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

"THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

"THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

"THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…

"THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

"THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace; and

"THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?"

Sellebrity Saturday: Gore Vidal and Joy Behar Say Obama is Too Smart For America

Sellebrity Saturday?
Sunday Worship?
Media Monday?

This gem could fit in all of the above but I put it on Sellebrity Saturday to acknowledge the vapidity of the principles.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Items From My Mailbox: Castle vs. O'Donnell in Delaware

I got this from Funny that Rasmussen only polls Castle against the Dem. It is just a given that Castle will win the primary:

In just 5 days the critical U.S. Senate GOP primary will take place in Delaware for the seat that had been held by Vice President Joe Biden.

This has become a critical national election representing a battle between conservatives and tea party activists who are backing Christine O'Donnell and liberals who are backing liberal RINO Mike Castle. Mike Castle is so far to the left that he had the most liberal voting record of any Member of Congress last year.

The most recent poll showed liberal Mike Castle (with 43%) and conservative Christine O'Donnell (41%) in a dead-heat. This race is going to be a nail-biter, and we are poised for a great victory for the conservative in this campaign - except we have one big problem.

That problem is this: we have thus far been able to keep up with the campaign fundraising of Mike Castle who has over $2 million and has been dumping more and more money into TV and radio ads. We must be able to fight back in these final 5 days and raise money to match liberal Mike Castle dollar-for-dollar on the airwaves.

We have one chance to do this, and we will need your help. This email is being sent to 400,000 of our supporters at Tea Party Express - with the request that you please make a donation to our final push in this campaign for Christine O'Donnell. But to raise enough money, we need your help to also send this to at least 10 conservative friends. And ask them to forward it to 10 of their conservative friends too.


We must get every conservative in this nation to keep forwarding this email on so we can all unite, stand together, and beat back the liberal special interest groups who want to see the Republican Party become more and more liberal - just like the Democrat Party.

We have just increased our MoneyBomb goal for Christine O'Donnell to $250,000 and you can help us blow past that goal by making a contribution - HERE.

Please - forward this to all your conservative friends. Ask everyone you know to match your contribution. We are up against the entire political establishment and the liberal news media - and clearly they want to see us lose this race. But we CAN win - if we all stand united on the principles of constitutional conservatism.

We're going to need the support of those of you who can afford a more generous contribution of $250, $500, $1,000 - up to the maximum of $5,000.

And as always, if you prefer, you can mail in a contribution to our Tea Party Express headquarters:

Tea Party Express
8795 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826-3720

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Mr. Vidal, I am recommending Namenda t.i.d...

and Midol PRN

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Items In My Mailbox: Subject: Fwd: This is a Racism Test .....Thanks Mooseman

This is a Racism Test .....

Do you like him any better now?


Me neither...……

Then you're not a racist.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wildcard Wednesday: Buckley vs. Vidal.

Rumor has it that ABC made adult beverages available to its guests.


Obama Meets Peter Schiff

I am sorry to report that Peter Schiff lost in the primaries. I can't say much for the vid and the robo-voices but the points are valid.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Media Monday: The Brewer Pause And Obama's Gaffe. Which Was Worse?

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Per usual, the media exert their double standard. Jan Brewer's moment of silence was everywhere: Yahoo, AOL, Google, Bing. But when our old friend, The Brilliant One sputtered, it flew below the radar. Which was worse? You decide?


Of course this flub did not get much attention from the ever-unbiased press.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Obama's Dwindling Support, Diminsihing Returns And The Coming Food Fight

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I am slowing down on the blog, no doubt about it. It isn't writer's block. It isn't the enthusiasm gap. It's deeper than that. In a sense, I feel that I have fulfilled my missions at this blog. Diminishing returns are here.

Some elaboration. Voter remorse is palpable. More than one former Obama supporter has expressed some disillusionment to me. These are people who have never visited this site. For a multitude of reasons, they acknowledge that Obama is a disappointment.

Understand, these people would probably not vote for McCain if they had a second chance and they do not like Republicans generic or specific. But they view Obama as more Jimmy Carter than Bill Clinton. They recognize that Obama will never be a man of the people.

The final bale of straw was Obama's stance on the Ground Zero mosque. This is visceral. Prior to the mosque, disagreements with the president were mostly intellectual. Yes, there was the apology tour and a few other times where his heart seemed to be elsewhere. But then the mosque slapped us in the face and the president did not feel the blow. Obama does not feel what we feel.

Whereas the sensible people are jumping ship, Obama's total approval has held steady at 42% to 46% (Rasmussen.) He still has his legions of hardcore fans who cannot be bothered with facts. Then again, I am not going to reach those people with my blog. Some vapid celebrity might be able to reach them but not a purveyor of reason. Someone else can gather the lost sheep.


Glenn Beck also got my head spinning. I kind of wish that he would have held off with his "Restoring Honor" rally until after the election. There is an unackowledged schism between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. It might be the most substantial political divide in this country.

I side with the fiscal conservatives and I am suspicious of the social conservatives. The two philosophies are incompatible. Given the chance, the social conservatives will stab us in the back every single time. Ronald Reagan ran a deficit each of every eight years in office while kissing up to the social cons every step of the way.

We then read Bush's lips. Later his son, the first MBA to become president, would show the world that Harvard Business Grads are incapable of balancing a budget. Of course he was able to find moolah to promote abstinence training and faith-based initiatives and even more of our dough to harass pornographers and medical marijuana advocates and to make life difficult for online poker players.

9-11 was unifying. I would rather take my chances with the Ashcrofts than Al Qaeda sympathizers. Ashcroft only put burkas on statues. Live women were spared his silliness.

Obama has also been a unifier. The Tea Party drew from disparate sources but at least we stood united against reckless spending. For once, fiscal conservatism was front and center. Yes, Obama made a lot of us uncomfortable with his hollow patriotism and his thinly-veiled contempt for traditions like the Constitution and Judeo-Christian principles. But those were side dishes. The entree was fiscal responsibility.

If we want to continue the culinary metaphor then I suppose we should acknowledge that a food fight is a-comin. It would be better to fight this battle in say, the 2012 GOP primaries. But Beck has re-opened the wound. Let's hope we can hold off on the pie throwing until after the first Tuesday in November.

Come November 3, let the cream pies fly! I can hardly wait.

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Sunday Worship: Ron English

All this work. All this effort. All this energy. For what?


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